The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time dominates at 2013's Olivier Awards

May 01, 2013   Entertainment News
(PRLEAP.COM) Celebrating the best West End productions in the London events calendar, the prestigious Olivier Awards returned to the Royal Opera House last night. The big winner of the night was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, scooping seven of the eight Olivier Awards that it was nominated for. Simon Stephens' stage adaption of Mark Haddon's popular novel won the esteemed Best New Play award, marking the second Olivier Award for Stephens. Having transferred from the National Theatre to London's Apollo, the play followed in the footsteps of Stephen's previous success On The Short Of The Wide World, as that too opened in the National's smallest auditorium. The play's director, Marianne Elliott, won the Best Director award, rising star Luke Treadaway fought off Rupert Everett, Mark Rylance, Rafe Spall and James McAvoy to be crowned the Best Actor for his role as Christopher, and Nicola Walker was named the Best Supporting Actress for her part as his mother. Further individual awards for the play were given to Paule Constable for Best Lighting Design, Ian Dickinson for the Best Sound Design, and Bunny Christie and Finn Ross for Best Set Design.

Having previously won an Oscar, Bafta and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 film The Queen, Dame Helen Mirren has now claimed the Best Actress Olivier Award for the reprisal of the role in Peter Morgan's The Audience at London's Gielgud Theatre. An imagining of The Queen's thoughts during her private weekly meetings with Britain's Prime Ministers, the play also saw Richard McCabe win the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award for his performance as Harold Wilson.

The prize for Best New Musical went to Top Hat, based on the film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, which won three of its seven nominations. Further wins for the production were Best Costume Design and Best Theatre Choreographer.

Additional winners of the evening were Long Day's Journey Into Night for Best Revival, Sweeney Todd for Best Musical Revival, Goodnight Mister Tom for Best Entertainment and Family, and Einstein On The Beach for Best New Opera Production.

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